Following an eventful Literacy Week, we had three Parent Education Talks this week as MSB teachers offered parents some practical Montessorian strategies on social emotional learning(SEL).
“SEL is as important as academics,” said EC Division Head Gina. “Promoting mental health in Early Childhood through the development of social-emotional skills like kindness, sharing, and self-regulation contribute to a child’s overall success in life.”
Gina broke down the SEL in Early Childhood into five areas: Self-awareness, Self-management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. To help promote the skills in each area, she demonstrated a collection of tips that parents can refer to in practical life.
Meanwhile, MSB School Counselor Ken also addressed parents’ concerns in SEL but at a higher age level.
Children aged 6-12 are in the second Montessori plane of development, which is characterized by a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire for intellectual independence.
At this age, children begin searching for moral order and develop their conscience, or sense of right and wrong. Ken suggested parents focus on resilience, responsibility, and gratitude before sharing tips for cultivating the skills at home.
On Thursday, Infant & Toddler expert Frankie Chowles spelled out 11 aspects of Human Tendencies and offered tips for avoiding power struggles when working with toddlers.
“One of the best ways to overcome power struggles is to give choices,” said Frankie. “Choices empower children in a positive way.”
From calming techniques to conflict resolving skills, we hope the PE talks are helpful for you, and we look forward to seeing you in the upcoming presentations.